Archive for the ‘Rainbow Network’ Tag

Nicaragua, The Poorest Country In Central America   1 comment

RainbowSister and brother sitting on a beach in front of the home in a northern Nicaraguan village.

RainbowNicaraguan Home Stead — Images by kenne

In November of 2007, I spent some time in Nicaragua as part of a water project conducted by Rotary International and the Rainbow Network. I’ve been thinking about the people and the condition in which they live, even more so with the global pandemic. Click on Rainbow Network, check out the website, and donate to a worthy cause. The Network believes that success does not lie in what they do, but with whom we work — that’s why we encourage individuals to pair their critical strengths with the tools the Network provides to rebuild their own futures.

— kenne


Our Global Water Crisis   1 comment


RainbowNicaraguan Women Pumping and Carrying Water to Their Families — Images by kenne

In 2007 I had an opportunity to visit a rural Nicaraguan water project that is part of the Rainbow Network. When it comes to the availability of water, it’s on the backs and heads of women. Even when hand driven water pumps are made available, it is the women who pump and carry the water back to their communities.

The practice of women being responsible for finding and collecting water for drinking, washing, cooking, cleaning is common in many countries. ” They walk miles, carry heavy burdens, wait for hours and pay exorbitant prices. The work is back-breaking and all-consuming. Often the water is contaminated, even deadly. In these instances, they face an impossible choice – certain death without water or possible death from illness.” You can learn more about women and the water crisis at

Living in southern Arizona one is frequently reminded of the need for sustainable water sources, and global warming will continue to challenge our ability meet water needs. An article in today’s New York Times, “A Parched and Sinking Capital — Mexico City’s Water Crisis Pushes It Toward the Brink,”  is one more reminder of the social, economical and health issues caused by the water crisis.

— kenne

RainbowRural Nicaraguan girls start at a young age carrying water for their families.



Nicaragua Water Project Revisited   1 comment

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A couple of years ago, I had an opportunity to visit the operation of The Rainbow Network in Nicaragua. This nondenominational organization serving Nicaragua’s poorest people through nutrition, healthcare, education, housing, and micro-loans. Although I had an opportunity to witness their service in each of these areas, I was most impressed with their work to help provide clean water access.

The work of The Rainbow Network resurfaced in my world when sharing the work of author Yann Martel with and their many projects to provide access to safe drinking water. “Water access projects do more than feed families; they ensure their food security.” Nicaragua is where Lil-Anna Pereša of visited one of the projects: “I was impressed to see that families succeed in overcoming poverty. They are no longer in survival mode.”

While in Nicaragua, I took many photos of children and families benefiting from these fine organizations’ work and used this posting to share some of the photos.


Posted April 17, 2010 by kenneturner in Information, Life, Photography

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